Vietnamese authorities diss horror movies

Interesting item from Reuters:

HANOI (Reuters Life!) – Vietnamese authorities have warned film makers against producing ghost and horror movies “with incomprehensible plots and extreme horror”, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.


A recommendation from the National Department of Cinematography suggested movie makers and importers reject “horror movies that instil fear and panic”. It said horror films with endings “celebrating the triumph of justice over evil” were acceptable.


“We warn against movies lacking art or humanism, with incomprehensible plots and extreme horror, and managing to convince viewers into believing in ghosts and other supernatural things,” Lai Van Sinh, author of the guidelines, was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

According to the article, “film makers and importers responded by saying that if ghost movies failed to cause fear, they could not be called horror movies.”

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Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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